New technology called Single Antenna Interference Cancellation (SAIC) could significantly improve the performance of GSM networks, according to telecoms experts.
A white paper published by telecoms industry group 3G Americas claims that trials of SAIC have demonstrated capacity gains of 40 to 70 per cent in synchronous networks.
The group said that asynchronous systems can also achieve substantial capacity gains.
The research paper, SAIC and Synchronized Networks for Increased GSM Capacity, argues that radio spectrum continues to be a valuable and scarce resource for operators, as customers increasingly rely on mobile devices for voice and data services.
3G Americas said that the conclusions were supported in field trials with prototype SAIC handsets. When SAIC terminals were deployed, bit error rates were reduced thus requiring less power from the base stations.
The group maintained that the technology provides improvements in network capacity for both voice and data.
Chris Pearson, executive vice president at 3G Americas, said in a statement: "Simulations and field trials have proven that SAIC is a truly revolutionary technology for GSM and is likely to have a significant impact in terms of spectral efficiency.
"Based on the positive results of SAIC, operators and vendors have shown interest in the technology.
"3G Americas has formed a technical working group to highlight SAIC simulation and field trial results."
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